Today, healthy eating has become of great importance and the word superfood is a major trend. While the west has a lot of them including kale, blueberries, acai berries and quinoa, India has its own set of metaphorical jocks and nutritional trendsetters like the good old amla, haldi and more. Famous for years, the true value of these Indian superfoods was like new found discovery this year. Here is a list of superfoods that trended this year and we hope they were a part of your diet as well!
Amla or Gooseberries
These berries have been a favourite for all Ayurveda fans as they no just help in removing acne marks and blemishes, they are amazing for your hair in the long run as well. Amla juice can be used as a face scrub as it helps to exfoliate the skin well. Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, amla tones, tightens the skin and makes it firm as well. Take some amla powder and mix it with hot water. Either consume it or use the paste as a scrub, the choice is yours.
Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera
Believe it or not, this magic Ayurveda approved 'booti' is your best mate if you have stress in life. It has been said to affect your reproductive system and it also helps in improving the testosterone production and sperm health.
Haldi or Turmeric
Turmeric has long been a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine as it is a host of health properties... This wonder spice is packed with anti-inflammatory properties and is a well known natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial agent. It works on cuts, burns and wounds too. If you have cold haldi is your answer, if you want to detox it is your best mate. Turmeric is also known to prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Oh and most importantly, want to lose weight? induce turmeric in your diet. Click on the link below and you will know how to go about it.
Makhana or Foxnut
These lotus seeds popped seeds of the lotus plant, or the fox/gorgon nut is a potent source of, now here is where you become attentive -- protein, fibre, carbohydrates, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorous and zinc. These seeds are also low in fat and sodium. If you are suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity then makhanas are your best bet as they are high on magnesium. Not only that, but they also contain anti-ageing enzymes which help in repairing damaged proteins.
Saijan Ki Phalli or Drumsticks
Now, this is very popular in the North East of India and also in Southern India. You will find it in the all fav sambar and other preparations we may not know about. This little genius has medicinal properties and is packed with nutrients. Like foxnuts, it is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, C and D, essential amino acids, antioxidants and fibre!
Easily available in the market, stock up your cabinets and fridges with these superfoods if you did not do this year!